John O. Parker

April 07, 1936 - December 08, 2016 

John O. Parker

April 07, 1936 - December 08, 2016 

Obituary for John O. Parker

John O. Parker died peacefully on December 8, 2016, surrounded by his family at Kaplan House in Danvers, MA,. Born in Syracuse, New York on April 7, 1936 he was the son of A. Brooks Parker, Jr. and Catherine Otis Parker.
John grew up in Waban, MA and graduated from Newton High School in 1954. In 1958 he graduated from Dartmouth College and in 1959 he received his MBA from Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. From 1959 to 1961 John served as a lieutenant in The United States Navy.
He began his career in Boston as a Senior Investment Analyst in the Old Colony Trust Division of the First National Bank of Boston and then became the Assistant Manager of Smith, Barney and Co. in Boston from 1966 - 1968. From 1968 to 1981 John was with Putnam Capital Management as President of Putnam Advisory Company. In 1981, with his brother A. Brooks Parker III, he started Parker Capital Management, Inc. Also he was a member of The Boston Economic Club and the Boston Society of Security Analysts.
Many will remember John for his commitment to several nonprofit organizations. As Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lesley University from 1989 - 1997 he had a significant role in the evolution of Lesley from a small college to a university offering graduate programs across the United States. Also, he was instrumental in the merger with The Art Institute of Boston, which became the Lunder Art Center at Lesley. In 1996 John became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. He was a critical member of the team that transformed the museum into a world-class institution. A Trustee of the Charles H. Hood Foundation since 1976, he was President from 2009 - 2013. He also served on the board of The Photographic Resource Center in Boston from 1983 - 1994 and as it’s president from 1988 -1990. In addition he was involved in Trustees of Reservations, on the Standing Committee from 1990 - 2003 and as treasurer from 1994 - 1999. In the 1970’s he was co-chair of the board of Shore Country Day School. He was a former member of both The Union Club and the Somerset Club.
John loved to be with his family, to ski, to draw and paint and to travel. Also, he had a great interest in Chinese art and American painting.
John is survived by his wife of 52 years Libby (Olivia Hood), his son John and daughter in law Karen, his daughter Helen Brown and his son in law Frank as well as five grandchildren: Jack Parker, Brett Parker, Chase Parker, Libby Brown and Lauren Brown. John also leaves his brother A. Brooks Parker III and sister in law Gale as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale Street, Beverly Farms, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970 or to Lesley University, Office of Advancement, 29 Everett St., Cambridge, MA 02138-2209. Online condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.

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